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What Is Ketoacidosis?


Say: kee-toh-ah-sih-DOH-sis

Ketoacidosis is a condition that can happen to people with diabetes when the body uses fat instead of glucose for fuel. When fat is broken down, chemicals called ketones are made. They get into a person's blood and pee. High levels of ketones cause the blood to become more acidic.

Symptoms of ketoacidosis include nausea, vomiting, belly pain, fast breathing, and, in severe cases, unconsciousness. Someone with ketoacidosis needs emergency medical care.